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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate skills in developing and maintaining landscapes according to sustainable principles.
  • Define approaches to solving landscape and gardening problems by applying ecological principles.
Description -
Principles and practices utilized in the design, implementation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes and gardens. Reviews ecological principles of sustainability for efficient energy use in the environment.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the ecological basis for landscape sustainability.
  2. define practical approaches to solving and applying ecological principles to landscaping and gardening.
  3. analyze landscapes and gardens to improve their sustainability.
  4. demonstrate the ability to manage soils, insects, plants and diseases in landscapes and gardens.
  5. demonstrate skills in developing and maintaining landscapes according to sustainable principles.
  6. integrate concepts learned to manage a landscape with minimum input of highly synthetic chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.
  7. explore implementation of sustainable concepts on a global level
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, sustainable garden, greenhouse, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Energy systems and concepts for plant production
  2. Role of soils (nutrients and microbes) in plant production
  3. Water management in sustainable landscaping and gardening
  4. Composting methods and use
  5. Insect and disease management
  6. Conceptual and regulatory issues to produce and sell "chemically free" and "organically grown" vegetables, herbs and flowers
  7. Marketing and sales of vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers produced
  8. Cultural diversity and the sustainability concept
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
  2. Special project (paper, web page, landscape design, or construction project) to be defined according to the interest of the student and instructor.
Representative Text(s) -
Thomsen, William J. Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors. Island Press, 2nd Ed. 2007.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Demonstrations
  3. Discussions
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include reading approximately 50 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).